OWC shows off 8TB SSD drive bay, Envoy Pro mini SSD
While at CES, Electronista stopped by Other World Computing's booth to check out its latest portable SSD drives. Front and center was the company's new Envoy Pro mini, soon available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, with a 480GB version due out a little later in the year. The USB 3.0 stick's design is elegantly simple, with aluminum body unadorned with any graphics or text. While lightweight, the cold metal is still heft enough in the hand, and users are bound to appreciate its promised sustained transfer speeds of up to 433MBps.
Google Hangouts updated for iOS, adds ability to see SMS and Voicemails from Google Voice account
Hangouts, Google's messaging app, has received an update for iOS devices. Hangouts allows users to send and receive messages, photos and more, and make video and voice calls with a group or one-on-one. Hangouts v2.5.0 features new sticker packs, and improved video call experience alongside miscellaneous bug fixes.
In-line digital thermal sensors allow use of company's drives in 2009 and later iMacs
In a post today on its Rocket Yard blog, Other World Computing (OWC) announced a new in-line digital thermal sensor for owners who want to upgrade the hard drives in their iMacs. The sensor kits are compatible with models from 2009 all the way up to the latest 2014 Retina 5K model, allowing the use of third-party replacement hard drives (which the company conveniently sells), overcoming a troublesome proprietary issue on the machines.
Both new drives deliver well more than 500MB/s read speed
Computer upgrade company OWC earlier this week announced a new 1TB OWC 2.5-inch Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD. The new drive, offering 960GB of addressable storage, boasts sustained transfer rates of up to 535MB/s read and 443MB/s write, with the company boasting that the drive is specifically engineered for Apple upgrades. The new capacity is available now for $449, which is less than the 50-cents-per-GB threshold that marks it as a good value.
First conference for Apple consultants to take place May 2015 in New Orleans
The first Aces Conference - an independent event for Apple consultants -- is set to be held May 20-21. Located in New Orleans, the inaugural Aces Conference will focus on offering attendees support and information regarding improving a consulting businesses. Some of the speakers confirmed include Victor Agreda Jr. of TUAW.com, and keynote speakers Jeff Gamet of Mac Observer and Jason Womack of GetMomentum.com.
Dropbox adds TouchID, support for iPhone 6, 6 Plus
Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app today, featuring new features for iOS 8 and support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The cloud storage service allows users to access and share their remotely-stored files, including photos, documents and videos. Dropbox v3.5 features new support for TouchID, with fingerprint unlocking now available within the app. Also included is a fix for previewing RTF files on iOS 8, and general stability and performance improvements. Free to download, Dropbox for iOS requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Felix announces integrated kickstand case for iPad Air
Mobile accessories creator Felix has announced the release of its new case for iPad Air. The FlipBook Air consists of a case with an integrated kickstand, featuring the aesthetic of a book cover. Composed of faux leather, the case includes a smart cover function that wakes the iPad upon opening, and engages the sleep function when it is closed. Its patented kickstand supports both horizontal and vertical viewing, and features proprietary air bladder technology for additional protection of one's tablet.
Up to 384TB addressable with maximum expansion
Accessory and peripheral vendor OWC has announced an enterprise-class storage solution with the new rack-mounted OWC Jupiter Kore and OWC Jupiter Callisto. OWC Jupiter Callisto provides storage for multi-user environments via Ethernet, while OWC Jupiter Kore is a Mini-SAS direct-connect storage system. Both are available in 8-bay or 16-bay models, for up to 384TB of storage with three Jupiter Kore Expander Rack systems.
Capacities up to 8TB available in USB 3.0, Thunderbolt dual-interface case
Peripheral vendor Other World Computing today expanded its family of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual external high-performance drive with hardware RAID capabilities. The new design is available in capacities up to 8TB.
OWC introduces 128GB memory upgrade kit for latest Mac Pro, doubles RAM vers
Other World Computing announced the expansion of its MaxRAM Certified Upgrades to include up to 128GB memory upgrade kits for the Apple Mac Pro 2013 six-core, eight-core, 12-core models. Offering both OWC 32GB modules and matched kits up to 128GB, pricing per module starts at $600. The new 128GB upgrade kit is priced at $2,130.
New drive supports Blu-Ray disks up to 128GB
Mac and PC upgrade and storage technology company Other World Computing has upgraded its OWC Mercury Pro External Blu-ray optical drive to achieve professional-grade 16X BD-R write speeds, adding 128GB BDXL compatibility, and high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity. The upgrade offers expanded support for up to 100GB of data on triple layer BDXL-R/BDXL RE discs and up to 128GB on quad-layer BDXL-R discs.
OWC announces availability of memory upgrades for new Mac Pro
Other World Computer (OWC) has announced today the availability of OWC memory upgrade kits for Apple's new Mac Pro 2013 models. Available in 32GB and 64GB kits, the new ECC 1866MHz Quad-Channel Matched Kits offer up to a 31 percent savings when purchased instead of factory-option cost additions. Fully RoHS- and JEDEC-compliant, the memory kits are backed with a lifetime advance replacement warranty and money-back guarantee.
OWC RAM for 27-inch iMacs
Following yesterday's quiet release of new iMac models, OWC has started offering RAM upgrades for the 27-inch models. Starting at $98, OWC offers PC3-12800 DDR3L 1600MHz kits ranging from 8GB up to 32GB that are fully compatible with the 2013 27-inch iMac. In total, four kits are being sold: 8GB, 12GB, 16GB and 32GB, each at a significant discount as compared to Apple's own options. For example, the 32GB kit sells for $359 as compared to Apple's $600 option. All of the kits can be ordered online, and easily installed at home by accessing the memory panel on the rear of any 27-inch model iMac. The 21.5-inch iMac model, like its predecessor, cannot have its memory upgraded by users.
Bus powered unit provides RAID 0 or 1 array management
Mac and PC upgrade vendor Other World Computing has expanded its Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini portable hardware-RAID storage product line with two new 3TB models, available as 3TB RAID-1 for robust data protection or 3TB RAID-0 for maximum performance.
Slimline device brings optical disk reading to bereft computers
As 5.25-inch floppies fell before the might of 3.5-inch drives, so did the 3.5-inch to the Zip drive and other assorted media. The return of Steve Jobs to Apple heralded the death of the 3.5-inch drive, and his return also eventually kindled the wide acceptance of DVD Burners, what Apple called "Super Drives" like its ancient 3.5-inch HD cousin a decade before. Now, here we sit a full decade after the Super Drive (optical variety), and now the format is being purged from mainstream computers like its brethren. Once again, Apple led with the MacBook Air family about five years ago, but now, even many desktops and all-in-ones don't have the drive integral to the computer. Just the same, every once in a while, somebody hands over an optical disk that absolutely has to be read. Apple solutions purveyor OWC has an answer -- the MRSSBD6X 6x Blu-Ray reader, a USB 2.0 bus powered optical drive, capable of reading most optical media, and in its maxed out version, burning Blu-Ray disks as well. Electronista was given a chance to evaluate the Blu-Ray reader and DVD burner version -- read our review to see if the device is a must-add to your tech arsenal.
Only MacBook Air upgrade or replacement SSD available
Solid state drives (SSD) are fantastic. They are power-sippers as compared to a spinning platter, more resistant to shock, and other elemental damage. Even if you just count the performance increases, it comes as no surprise that Apple has shifted most of its desktop and portable line to SSD storage, but often makes it difficult to upgrade later to a larger SSD drive. Peripheral manufacturer OWC has addressed the upgrade situation with the Aura Pro line of drives for use in the MacBook Air, and MacNN has spent some time with the model for the 2010 11-inch model of Apple's laptop.
CodeWeavers makes CrossOver free for a Halloween treat
CodeWeavers has unveiled its Halloween plan to give away virtualization software for free. From 12:01 AM through 11:59 PM Central Daylight Time on October 31, the company will be offering a free one-year license to Crossover Mac or Crossover Linux at the Flock the Vote promotional website. Existing customers will get a 12-month extension added to their support agreement.
User installable upgrade nearly doubles stock capacity
Accessory and upgrade manufacturer OWC announced the first SSD upgrade for the 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display. The drive is available in a single 480GB capacity, and upgrades purchasing before September 30 will receive the OWC Envoy Pro USB 3.0 bus-powered portable enclosure for reutilizing the removed SSD as an external drive at no additional cost.
New OWC chassis allows PCIe card use on Thunderbolt Macs
OWC has just outed a PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis for adding half-length PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with the Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Thunderbolt-equipped but PCIe-less computers. The professional PCIe cards allow for video capture and/or editing, media transcoding, audio processing and data storage. The Helios chassis can transfer data at up to 10Gbps and are compatible with AHCI-compliant cards.
NewerTech ships NuGuard keyboard cover for Retina MacBook pro
Upgrade and accessory manufacturer Newer Technology has announced the NuGuard keyboard cover for the 2012 Retina display MacBook Pro. The black silicone cover is the first keyboard cover on the market for the new model MacBook Pro, and matches the full-size keyboard. The form-fitting sheet molds to cover each key and the space between keys for protection against key wear, hair, spills, and detritus. The NuGuard keyboard cover is available from OWC and select retail establishments at a retail price of $20.
USB3 dock boasts 500MB per second data transfer
Newer Technology and its exclusive distributor Other World Computing have teamed up to deliver the latest in Newer Tech's dock series- the Voyager S3 USB3 SuperSpeed SATA drive dock. This new dock delivers full SATA2 speeds, and approaches full SATA3 speed.
OWC updates SSD firmware
SoftRAID has announced that the latest version of its self-titled software for creating and managing disk arrays is fully compatible with OS X Mountain Lion. SoftRAID 4.3 also improves the robustness of mirror volumes, allowing the driver to better handle disk failures that occur during the middle of a read or write operation. Other changes include support for Macintosh Firmware updates, updated SSD support, and improved command line functions. SoftRAID is $129 for the electronic download version and includes one year of free technical support via e-mail. It can be purchased via the SoftRAID website and via retail outlets worldwide.
OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express gets 480GB version
Other World Computing has answered one of the more common calls among MacBook Air owners and has put out a 480GB version of its Mercury Aura Pro Express. The new solid-state drive doubles the storage of its SATA3-based, 6Gbps model line. As with other SSDs, more capacity doesn't mean a sacrifice in speed, and it can deliver as much as 500MB per second in peak transfer speeds.
16GB Chips max out at up to 96GB
Other World Computing has launched 16GB RAM chips for Mac Pro 2009 and 2010 models, exceeding factory-shipped maximums by a factor of 1.5x to 3x -- allowing maximums of 48GB or more depending on configuration and available memory slots, with a 12-core 2010 model reaching 96GB of RAM. Kits are available for both 2009 and 2010 models.
Set up allows iOS device mobile access, control
Other World Computing has launched a home theater package centering on Apple's Mac Mini, the OWC Media Center Solution for the 2010 Mac mini. The new service, which was previewed at the Macworld Expo, will preconfigure a 2010 Mac mini with Plex's digital media front-end app, add 4GB of RAM to the machine and bundle a portable Blu-ray burner and an OWC Mercury Pro Qx2 RAID 5 external drive, with either four, eight or 12TB of storage space. Combined with either an Elgato EyeTV Hybrid or HD DVR, the package can record and store Live TV, seek out streaming video via Plex apps, like Netflix, Joost, Hulu, Vimeo and YouTube, and back up DVD and Blu-ray movies for later streaming.
Drive can be had with FireWire 800 or USB 3.0
Other World Computing -- OWC -- has launched 750GB portable hard disk offerings spinning at 7200rpm. The Mac-based hardware sales company is shipping the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro drive in four connectivity options, offering the portable cases with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, a combo interface of USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 and a triple interface, with FireWire 800, 400 and USB 2.0. The 750GB hard disk can be purchased for internal installation as well.
SSD Form Factor Working Group aims to improve SSD
A newly-formed SSD Form Factor Working Group has been formed, with the aim of bringing out a PCI Express-based SSD standard. Made up of promoter members Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM and Intel, the group will focus on enterprise customers who need ever-higher performance storage that is cost effective and easy to use. While PCIe based SSDs are available now, they aren't simple and are usually reserved for servers, workstations and very high-end gamers.
Chips are PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz SO-DIMMs
Newer Technology has launched new RAM upgrade kits for iMacs, Mac minis, MacBook Pros and MacBooks, the NuRAM DDR3 1066MHz RAM. The RAM kits allow for up to 16GB on systems that offer four slots, with pairs of PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz CL7 204-pin SO-DIM modules. The RAM chips are all 4GB modules, available in single- or dual-unit packages for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and sets of four -- 16GB total -- for iMacs.
Drive offers eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire 800/400
OWC has launched its OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini 1TB portable drive, which it claims is the first ever 2.5-inch 1TB drive shipped with a quad interface. The bus-powered drive has eSATA, USB 2.0, and FireWire 800/400 connectivity in a brushed aluminum, fanless enclosure. In addition to the new 1TB capcity, the drives are also available with 7200RPM 500GB drives and solid-state drives up to 200GB.
OWC outs first enterprise-grade 2.5-inch SSDs
Other World Computing (OWC) on Tuesday released its first solid state drive range, which it is touting as the fastest and most reliable 2.5-inch SATA SSD in the field. The Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD can be had in up to a 200GB capacity, along with two smaller sizes, and is compatible with either Macs or PCs. Thanks to a newer SandForce processor, the drives are said to keep their optimal 260MBps read and write speeds with 0.1ms latency.
64GB and 32GB RAM upgrades
Memory America has launched 1066MHz DDR3 RAM expansion kits in 32GB and 64GB capacities for Apple’s Mac Pro. The 64GB kit is arranged using eight individual 8GB modules geared for 64-bit operation, with support for data rates of up to 8.5GB/s. The components are RoHS certified and claimed to be compatible with all Mac Pro specifications.
Drive burns Blu-ray discs at up to 12X speeds
Other World Computing on Tuesday announced that it is now offering a Mercury Pro external Blu-ray drive with a quad interface. Users can choose between USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, or eSATA connection methods. The company claims the Pioneer BDR-205 can reach burn speeds of up to 12X on Blu-ray discs, 16X with DVDs, 4X on DVD-DL media, and 40X for CDs.
OWC portable SSDs available in up to 256GB
OWC on Thursday introduced its first SSDs as part of its Mercury On-The-Go Pro portable lineup, touting them as the lowest cost portable FireWire 800/400 or USB 2.0 powered devices of their kind. Starting off with the 64GB version, a 128GB unit and the largest 256GB SSD, each can transfer data at up to 100MBps. Each 2.5-inch drive offers a 64MB data cache. As with most SSDs, the lack of moving parts makes them more shock resistant, power efficient and quieter than rotating hard drives, as well as being more tolerant to temperature extremes.
On-the-Go portable drives reach 750GB
OWC has launched new 750GB notebook drive products. The new capacity drives arrive in bus-powered On-The-Go Pro models, with three connectivity options. The top-of-the-line triple interface offers FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 connections, while a dual-interface FireWire 400/USB 2.0 and a USB 2.0-only version are available for reduced pricing.
Drive Genius special offer
OWC has announced it is shipping copies of Drive Genius 2.1.1 for as low as $25, a $75 reduction, when bought with qualifying OWC or NewerTech storage products. There are nearly 200 qualifying products available on OWC's website, including OWC's Mercury line -- Elite-AL Pro Single, Dual bay and Mirror RAID drives, rack-mount storage, Elite Pro Firewire drives and On-The-Go portable drives. OWC's network storage based NASPerform storage is also included, as are NewerTech MiniStacks, MAXimus RAIDs and Voyager Q/S2 products.
OWC debuts Quad Interface
OWC has announced its latest Mercury Rack Pro Quad-Interface four-bay Rack Mount Hardware RAID at Macworld Expo (booth S-2218). Designed for audio/video production and data/network operation centers, the quad interface RAID storage server supports up to four 2TB 3.5-inch SATA I/II hard disk drives providing a maximum of 8TB total storage and works with FireWire 800/400, USB2, and eSATA. Simple configuration of the hardware RAID settings is possible through the rear panel selector switch, enabling either mirror or stripe RAID functions without using software.
OWC Modbook upgrades
Other World Computing (OWC) has released new upgrade options for the Axiotron Modbook Mac-tablet. The available components include memory modules, hard drives and optical SuperDrives. Users can choose to have their orders outfitted with 6GB of RAM and single or dual hard-drive configurations, with capacities of up to 750GB when combining a 500GB HDD in the primary drive bay and 250GB HDD in the secondary bay. Customers can forgo the two-drive option and instead add a SuperDrive that features 8x DVD-R burn speeds and support for Dual-Layer discs.
OWC external BD burners
Other World Computing (OWC) on Wednesday introduced its Mercury Pro Blu-ray external drives, the first on the market, the company says, that include a quad interface. This includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity options for both Macs and PCs, allowing the external drives to write Blu-ray media at speeds up to 4X or 150MBps, or twice as fast as OWC's previous generation BD burners.
OWC storage rebates
Other World Computing has announced a new rebate program for October that covers a wide range of storage devices. The largest rebates, of $120, cover the Mercury Rack Pro 1.5TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB products. Customers that purchase the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual Drive RAID devices with capacities from 750GB to 2TB will receive $60. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Single Drive and NewerTech miniStack 750GB or 1TB products are eligible for $30 rebate, while a purchase of the Mercury On-The-Go Bus Powered storage will receive $20 back.
OWC Mercury OTG 320GB 7K
Other World Computing says it has set a newer record with the launch of the Mercury On-the-Go 320GB 7200RPM drive. The disk uses a newer 2.5-inch Hitachi TravelStar drive that makes it the largest-capacity portable drive to spin at the same 7,200RPM speed as desktop models; the 320GB of space is 60 percent more than current 200GB disks at the same physical size. The translucent drive also has multiple interface options that can include external SATA and FireWire 800, either of which ensures the port is never a bottleneck.
OWC low cost Superdrives
Other World Computing on Thursday unveiled low-cost Superdrives for almost any Mac released within the last decade, offering 48x CD burning and LightScribe labeling technology. OWC claims the drives are quiet, and do not require any extra software to be installed with the drive. Users can also write to dual-layer DVDs at up to 12x speeds, while single-layer discs can write at up to 20x. OWC is selling the Superdrives starting from $35.
OWC drops Mercury pricing
Other World Computing today announced lower pricing for its Mercury Elite-AL Pro quad interface drive line, offering sizes up to 1TB, which the company claims are among the best values on the market. The drives feature Firewire 400 and 800, as well as USB 2.0 and eSATA, allowing the drives to be connected to almost any computer system. Pricing for the drive line starts at $160, and offers up to 150MB per second over eSATA.